Ryan Seacrest is the latest celebrity to face sexual assault allegations and, well, Kelly Ripa believes them.
The American Idol host was recently accused by his former hair stylist, Suzie Hardy, released a graphic account of her assaults to Variety on Monday. It looks like several witnesses came forward to back her up, too.
A co-worker told Kate Snow about watching Seacrest make lewd gestures as his former assistant tied his shoes. He also detailed how he trapped Hardy in a bear hug back in 2008 and and refused to let her go even though she asked repeatedly.
E! and ABC both stand by Seacrest, who denies the allegations. He issued a statement that says:
“This person who has accused me of horrible things offered, on multiple occasions, to withdraw her claims if I paid her millions of dollars. I refused.”
However, it appears Kelly Ripa’s not buying it. Yesterday, the two had an extremely awkward exchange on Live after talking about treadmills. She let out a zinger:
“What is going on? Something pretty major is happening … Do you want me to put your shoes back on for you? I’m a mom, I can do that.”
Yikes, low blow Kelly. It even caught Seacrest off guard and caused him to stammer. A look we’ve never seen on him before.
But, his girlfriend has since come to his rescue and tried to set the record straight. She called him “respectable and well mannered.”
However, it wasn’t enough to convince several publicists who vow to steer their clients away from Seacrest on the Oscar’s red carpet.